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Japan lines up Toshiba and NEC for quantum research group

Tokyo pools corporate talent to develop security strategy and new products

A dilution refrigerator for cooling a quantum computer at the Riken research institute in Wako, Japan. (Photo by Takaki Kashiwabara)

TOKYO -- Toyota Motor, Toshiba, NEC and other big-name Japanese companies will partner with the government on a quantum research group forming as soon as this month to promote the development of a technology with major security implications.

About 50 businesses are expected to join the public-private organization, including Fujitsu and Hitachi. The group plans to create a corporate entity for the initiative next year, and a fund for investment in the field has been proposed as well.

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